Period hotel is the setting for movie
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
9 NOV 10 @ 07:00AM BY BARRY KENNEDY
KYNETON’S Royal George Hotel is to be the centrepiece of a short movie set in 1947.
First-time director Nadine Garner, whose acting credits include a current four-year stint on City Homicide, chose the period charms of the Piper St hotel for her 11-minute debut Afterglow.
Two days of filming are scheduled for November 22 and 23.
Parts of Piper St are expected to be closed from 9pm to 1am on the first night of filming. Garner said the interior of the Royal George and streetscape outside was the perfect location for filming.
“Much of the film is one scene in the hotel but it suits our needs as we can take great reverse shots as well while there is a small scene outside on Piper St which will be great as well,” she said.
The actress, 39, said her foray into directing was exciting and busy.
Her husband, Cameron Barnett, will be director of photography and producer of the film.
Garner said high costs to get to Melbourne locations was disadvantaging filmmakers and was affecting the types of stories told.
“I’d want to see the return of historical grand narratives in Australian cinema,” she said.
“In the 1970s, the Australian film industry was known for those stories and we saw them in films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock.” She hoped to have the film showing in film festivals in the future.
The film will star Mt Macedon-based Nicholas Bell and Sydney actress Heather Mitchell while members of the Mount Players will have backing roles.
Anyone with cars from the period was invited to bring them to Piper St on Monday, November 22, where they would be used to set the scene, Mr Barnett said.